, Port Arthur, Texas


April 16, 2013

West golf notepad: Barbaso first Memorial golfer to reach 5A regional


    China’s Guan Tianlang wasn’t the only 14-year-old making positive golf news last week. Beaumonter Chance Talbot earned some attention with a hole-in-one on Beaumont Country Club’s 159-yard, 4th hole, using a 4 hybrid. Witnesses were Jonathan Miller, Coleman Nickum and Tyler Gonzales . . . Belated congratulations to Port Arthur’s Ralf Barbaso. By shooting a 74 in last week’s rain-shortened District 21-5A golf championships at Evergreen Point, Barbaso became the first Memorial golfer to advance to regionals. He’ll be playing in the 5A regionals today and Thursday at Eagle Pointe. Memorial coach Andrew Knight says Barbaso has really worked hard to improve his game and was finally able to break through after some near misses . . .  The team of Shane Trahan, Mike Tarver George Adams and Vic Teran shot a 56 to win the Cancer Center of Southeast Texas Scramble Saturday at Belle Oaks. Placing second with a 59 was the team of Jerry Braxton, James Stark, Steve Wisenbaker and Doug LeBlanc. Tarver (No. 3) and LeBlanc (No.15) were the closest to the hole winners, while Josh Crum claimed the long drive prize on No. 14 . . . Former Lamar University sports information director Joe Lee Smith, who is living in retirement near Tyler, shot his age recently. Smith, who is 74, was playing at Emerald  Bay Country Club near Lake Palestine. Rounding out his foursome were Bobby Porter, Everett Nix and John Steveson . . .  In the Port Arthur Sertoma Scramble played Friday at Belle Oaks, the B&B Ice team of Joe Gongora, James Musgrove, Pat Gillis and Rick Vasquez won with a 58. Tying at 59 were the Brock Services team of Mike Crittenden, Fred Dohmann, Billy Harrison and Curtis Estes and the Excavators and Contractors team of Robert Bodin, Josh Sheppard, Jon Broussard and Clayton Ayers. Alan Tyries (No. 3), Wilton Bryant (No. 8), Chris Oliver (No. 12) and Billy Tucker (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners. Former Nederland football star Micah Mosley claimed the long drive prize . . .  Bill Worsham posted plus 7 to win the Monday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Major Rising and Rufus Mier tied for third at plus 5 and Norm Shannon was fourth a plus 3. Mike Hebert (No. 8) and Rising (No. 15) were closest to the pin winners . . . The team of Butch Cross, Mark Petry, Maurice Ross and Gary Anderson finished 18&6 to win the Babe Zaharias DogFight. Second at 17&6 was the foursome of Steve Picou, Bill Fears, Don Duplan and Jobie Irvine. Closest to the hole winners were Troy Touchet (No. 2), Cody Metts (No. 7), Buddy Sepeda (No. 12) and Rick Pritchett (No. 15) . . . The Super Saturday Game at The Babe was played in a 2-ball format. On the front nine, the team of Larry Thompson, Tom Lawton, Ivory Hatch, Pete Roebroi and Greg Baumer won with minus 4. On the back, the foursome of Steve Picou, Alex Espinoza, Ryan Thompson and Charlie Huckaby placed first with minus 5 . . . Bryan Jackson says entries have been slow to come in for his inaugural Belle Oaks Open set for April 27-28. “I’ve had lots of guys tell me they’re going to play, but there haven’t been many entry forms turned in,” Jackson said. Format for the event is 36 holes of stroke play, with golfers flighted by handicap. Entry fee is $100 and includes food and drink both days. Call 796-1311 . . . The First Tee of the Golden Triangle is staging a series on clinics to be held Mondays (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturdays (8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) from April 22 through May 21. It’s open to boys and girls who are currently ages 7 to 12. The entry fee of $75 covers eight 90-minute group lessons, with emphasis on short game and full swing and rules, etiquette and course management. Clubs will be provided to those who don’t have any. Deadline to register and pay is April 20. For more information, contact Ed Campbell at 722-8286 or Jerry Honza at 719-3949. Honza can also be e-mailed at . . . Former Port Arthur golfing great Marty Fleckman is hosting a weekend golf school May 3-4 at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress. Cost for 13 hours of intensive instruction is $695 and includes 18 holes of golf with professional teachers and two lessons. The May 3 session starts with a 30-minute orientation, then follows up with full swing with video analysis, short game, lunch and 9 holes with the pros. On May 4, school starts with full swing work, followed by pre-shot routine, short game review, lunch and 9 holes with the pros.  The final hour on Saturday will be devoted to work on specific course weaknesses. For more information or to sign up, e-mail . . Encounter Church is Groves is hosting a four-person scramble on April 27 at Wildwood Golf Club. Entry fee is $55 per player or $220 per team. Proceeds go toward sponsoring youth for participation in the National Fine Arts Festival in Orlando, Fla. For more information, contact Chad Lemoine at 781-9350.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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